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Online auction organised by Highland supporters of Marie Cure charity during coronavirus crisis

By Gregor White

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Highland supporters of a leading charity have organised an online auction to support it during the coronavirus crisis.

Marie Curie patron, Emma Mackenzie, said: “This idea has been in the making since lockdown, but we were well aware that the timing had to be right.

“We have been overwhelmed with a truly wonderful array of amazing and diverse lots for both a local or UK-wide audience.

“Whether it’s a stay at our iconic Eilean Donan Castle, Whelprigg House in Cumbria or a cottage in the middle of nowhere, there really is something for everyone.”

The charity’s community fundraiser, Vonnie Stevenson, welcomed the initiative and said: “This income is so important to us – more so than ever before.

“As with so many businesses and charities, Marie Curie is facing a devastating loss of funds at a time when our services are in more demand than ever before.

“Every day and night, Marie Curie frontline nurses are giving vital care and support to dying people in their homes across the UK.

“At this time of national emergency, these crucial services are needed more than ever.

“It’s so important that we can continue to be there to give patients the care they need at such a desperate time.”

The auction will be live online from 9am this Friday until 9pm on July 10 at https://mariecurie2020.aucsys.co.uk/

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